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Leadership Team

CEO

Chris Gadbois
Chief Executive Officer
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Bio

Chris is a seasoned health care leader and public health professional with significant experience in community-based service delivery. She has worked both within health and human service organizations, and with interagency and governmental collaborations to promote improved health via development of programs to improve integrated and coordinated care for vulnerable populations. Chris holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a Masters in Community Health Nursing and is Adjunct Faculty at Salve Regina University. She serves on a number of boards including RI Elder Mental Health and Addiction Coalition, STTI Nursing Honor Society, the Executive Board for the RI Alzheimer’s State Plan, and is currently President of the RI Public Health Association.

Robyn Earley
Chief Growth Officer
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Bio

Robyn Earley has been a Speech-Language Pathologist and Post-Acute and Community based care administrator specializing in the care of older adults for over 20 years. Robyn served as the founder and head of a large Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology team and a member of senior leadership at a Harvard Medical School affiliated health care continuum. Robyn received her BA in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Florida and her MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from San Diego State University. She was a graduate of Hebrew Seniorlife University, a 15-month executive training program which supported the development and launch of the HSL employee wellness program. While at HSL, Robyn was certified as a LEAN/Six Sigma Green Belt. Robyn is a licensed SLP in MA, RI and CT and is a Certified Dementia practitioner. Within the community, Robyn serves on the board of the RISHA and serves as the RI State Advocate for Reimbursement. THC. In her spare time, Robyn is a competitive sailboat racer, avid snowboarder and overall outdoor enthusiast.

Sandy Fournier 
Chief Program Officer
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Bio

Sandra is a seasoned health care leader and public health nurse.  She has significant experience in community-based services and implemented two large Federal grants aimed at improving access and care for vulnerable populations.  Sandra holds a Masters in Nursing Administration and Leadership.  She serves on the board of the RI Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association and is appointed to the RI Long Term Care Coordinating Council.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and Delta Epsilon Tau national honor societies and holds national certification in Developmental Disabilities Nursing.  She is certified as a Brain Injury Specialist and as a Dementia Practitioner.  Sandra is also an America Heart Association (AHA) instructor and volunteers with her local Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Kwame Owusu
Controller
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Bio

Kwame serves as the financial controller of carelinkri. In this role, Kwame has overall responsibility for the controllership and financial reporting activities for Carelinkri. Kwame had previously held a variety of senior financial management positions with Prodrive Inc, including Financial Controller and Director of Finance at Biodirect Inc. Kwame has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and holds an M.B.A. in Accounting from Johnson and Wales University.

Eric Franklin
Director of Rehabilitation & Clinical Services
Health Services
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Bio

As the Director of Rehabilitation, Eric oversees clinical services intended to support CareLink members and non-member agencies in their provision of quality care of their clients. Eric has been employed at CareLink since 2005 and has been working closely with its members to help build some of the most reputable short-term rehabilitation programs in Rhode Island. He also helped to create an outpatient rehabilitation business which specializes in working with older adults, and is currently in the process of adding Respiratory Therapy into CareLink’s list of offered services.

Eric graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac University where he was elected to Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy Honor Society. He has over 20 years of experience working primarily with the aging population to help improve their quality of life. Eric has served on various advisory boards including Bryant University’s new Doctor of Physical Therapy board as well as the RI Oral Health Commission; Long Term Care Sub-Committee.

Susan Perlini
Mobile Dentistry Program Director
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Bio

As the Mobile Dentistry Program Director, Susan oversees dental service operations and is a provider of dental hygiene services to CareLink member and nonmember agencies. Susan is spearheading the expansion of CareLink’s Mobile Dentistry comprehensive services, allowing the dental team to deliver quality oral health care for older adults.

Susan is a licensed Public Health Dental Hygienist and has over 25 years of experience serving at risk populations.

Susan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene from the University of Rhode Island where she received the Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society Award.

Susan is a Past President of the Rhode Island Dental Hygiene Association and also served on the Rhode Island Board of Dental Examiners. She is currently the Secretary of the Rhode Island Oral Health Coalition.

In her spare time Susan enjoys time with her grandchildren and family.

Colleen O’Halloran
Director of Group Purchasing and Member Support
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Bio

Colleen joined Carelink in 2019 coming from a sales position in the wireless industry. She was a pharmaceutical representative for twenty years. A large portion of those years were spent working with Nursing Homes in Rhode Island. Colleen has also held sales positions in the industrial packaging & shipping, janitorial, maintenance, and safety supplies field. Colleen graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Framingham State University.

Colleen and her husband Chris live in Seekonk and enjoy traveling and family activities with their four children. Colleen has held volunteer positions with the Seekonk School system as the Parents Advisory Committee President as well as Treasurer for the Seekonk Athletic Boosters Club for many years. Colleen received the 2015 St. Hilaire Community Service Award which recognizes individuals who have had a long career of extraordinary service to the people of the Town of Seekonk.

Laurie Mantz
Program Manager (ACL ADPI Grant)
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Bio

Laurie Gunter Mantz is an accomplished Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of clinical, managerial, and educational experience. Over the last 15 years she has specialized in dementia care with multiple internationally recognized certifications as a trainer and care provider in Person-Centered Dementia Care. She has lectured locally, internationally and assisted the University of Rhode Island, Johnson and Whales University, and Rhode Island Colleges in curriculum development and training for the workforce development of healthcare professionals. Laurie is the founder of the non-profit Rhode Island Memory Cafes, a social and therapeutic opportunity for individuals living with dementia and their care partners to engage with others in-person and virtually through COVID. Laurie serves on multiple boards including RIElderInfo.com and The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care. As the Grant Program Manager for a CareLink grant received from the Administration for Community Living,  Laurie will be leading a team of healthcare professionals providing evidence-based therapeutic services to the homes of Rhode Islander’s caring for and living with dementia.

Dr. Jeffrey Dodge
Lead Dentist
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Bio

Dr. Dodge received is BA in Biology from St. Michael’s College and his DMD from Tufts Dental School. In addition to his role as a dentist at CareLink, Dr. Dodge maintains a private practice in General Dentistry in Woonsocket. He has a strong back ground in serving the most vulnerable patients in our society. Dr. Dodge believes in collaboration and maintains connections with the RI Department of Health where he serves on numerous workgroups, including The Long Term Care Group, which brings together stakeholders from across the country, via teleconference, to discuss and share best practices. He is the Founder and President of the Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation, which sponsors the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic, held annually. Dr. Dodge has served as the Associate Director of an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency program, and is also an adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Dodge is a Past President of the Rhode Island Dental Association and also served on the RI State Board of Dental Examiners, where he was the Chair. Dr. Dodge has the distinction of Fellowship in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. In Dr. Dodge’s off hours he enjoys cooking and exploring the less traveled roads of New England, especially coastal Maine.

Kimika Robinson
Human Resources Generalist
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Bio

Kimika Robinson graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Minor in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University. Prior to joining CareLink, Kimika worked for the Electrical and Tourism industries as a Human Resources professional for Needham Electric Supply (WESCO) and Boston Duck Tours.

Throughout her career, Kimika has implemented companywide employee engagement initiatives, administered benefit programs, trainings, recruitment strategies and managed OSHA compliance regulations for various groups. 

In her personal time, she enjoys gatherings with her family and spending as much time as possible with her two kids and husband.

CareLink Board of Directors

CEO

Dr. Chris Gadbois

CEO

CareLink

Bio

Chris is a seasoned health care leader and public health professional with significant experience in community-based service delivery. She has worked both within health and human service organizations, and with interagency and governmental collaborations to promote improved health via development of programs to improve integrated and coordinated care for vulnerable populations. Chris holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and a Masters in Community Health Nursing and is Adjunct Faculty at Salve Regina University. She serves on a number of boards including RI Elder Mental Health and Addiction Coalition, STTI Nursing Honor Society, the Executive Board for the RI Alzheimer’s State Plan, and is currently President of the RI Public Health Association.

Kevin McKay

Executive Director

Tockwotton on the Waterfront
Chair

Bio

President and CEO of Tockwotton on the Waterfront for 21 years

Matt Trimble

President

Saint Elizabeth Community

Vice-Chair

 

Bio

Matt was appointed President & CEO of Saint Elizabeth Community on July 1, 2020, after serving as Chief Operating Officer of Saint Elizabeth Community since 2015. As COO he had oversight of the operating entities Saint Elizabeth Home (SNF), Saint Elizabeth Manor (SNF), Saint Elizabeth Court (AL), Saint Elizabeth Place (HUD Housing), Saint Elizabeth Terrace (HUD Housing) and the four adult day centers for Cornerstone Adult Services. Matt also headed up the development and opening of the four GREEN HOUSE Homes at Saint Elizabeth Home which opened in 2017. He held the position of Administrator of Saint Elizabeth Home from 1997 until 2015. In 2001, he was responsible for overseeing the development of the new Saint Elizabeth Home building in East Greenwich, and for helping residents in Providence successfully transfer to the new home. He began his professional career with Saint Elizabeth Community in 1994 as an Intern / Assistant Administrator.
Matt is a 2012, Theta II Class, graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, is a
former Chair of LeadingAge RI and has previously served as Vice Chair,
Treasurer and Secretary. Matt is an active member of the American College of
Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). He is a past president of the Rhode
Island Chapter of ACHCA and has previously served as vice president and
treasurer. Matt also serves on the Board of Directors of Healthcentric
Advisors, the state’s Quality Improvement Organization for the Centers of
Medicare Services (CMS). Matt serves on the national board for the Green
House Project. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of New
Hampshire with a degree in health management and policy. Matt is an avid
golfer and outdoorsman. A proud father of two, Matt enjoys time with family,
and volunteers coaching his children in recreational sports.

Maureen Bischoff

Chief Operating Officer

HopeHealth

Treasurer

Bio

Colette Silverman

Executive Director

Scandinavian Communities

Secretary

Bio

Colette is a highly-accomplished executive with strong leadership skills in corporate healthcare, skilled home health services, acute care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and hospice care. She is currently employed at Scandinavian Communities as the Executive Director. Prior to working at Scandinavian Communities, Ms. Silverman served as the Director of Corporate Quality at Cape Cod Healthcare and Chief Administrative Officer at Visiting
Nursing Association of Cape Cod. Her passion for geriatric care began when she worked at the Federal Hill Senior Center during high school and grew as her career began as a speech-language pathologist. This passion is currently evident in her current role as Executive Director. She believes in a collaborative approach in leading her staff through the various challenges in the recent years with the pandemic. Ms. Silverman possesses a B.A. in Speech Pathology from Valparaiso University and a Masters of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from Western Michigan University. She is licensed as a speech-language pathologist in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and is licensed as an Assisted Living Administrator in Rhode Island. She is a board member on LeadingAge RI
serving as the Treasurer, and a board member on the Rhode Island Nursing Home Group serving as Treasurer.
Her personal interests including spending time with her family, especially her elderly parents. She enjoys travel, music, and making her giant chocolate chip cookies. Ms. Silverman is honored to be nominated to the Executive Committee of CareLink.

Robyn Earley

Chief Growth Officer

CareLink

Bio

Robyn Earley has been a Speech-Language Pathologist and Post-Acute and Community based care administrator specializing in the care of older adults for over 20 years. Robyn served as the founder and head of a large Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology team and a member of senior leadership at a Harvard Medical School affiliated health care continuum. Robyn received her BA in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Florida and her MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders from San Diego State University. She was a graduate of Hebrew Seniorlife University, a 15-month executive training program which supported the development and launch of the HSL employee wellness program. While at HSL, Robyn was certified as a LEAN/Six Sigma Green Belt. Robyn is a licensed SLP in MA, RI and CT and is a Certified Dementia practitioner. Within the community, Robyn serves on the board of the RISHA and serves as the RI State Advocate for Reimbursement. THC. In her spare time, Robyn is a competitive sailboat racer, avid snowboarder and overall outdoor enthusiast.

Josh M. Segal, NHA

Executive Director

Steere House Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Treasurer

Bio

Josh has over 20 years’ experience working in nursing
facilities and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise
to the role.He is a lifelong Rhode Islander. His first position as a
financial services consultant to residents and families,
inspired him to return to school and earn a degree in
Healthcare Administration. Since, he has established a
track record of effective leadership and regulatory
compliance. Josh has guided facilities to a 5-star rating
with CMS, and the proven ability to lead navigate the ever
changing regulatory environment. He is a licensed nursing
home administrator in the state of Rhode Island and is a
member of the Rhode Island Health Care Association.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare
Administration.

Haigouhi Corriveau

Administrator

The Seasons East Greenwich

Bio

Haigouhi has been in the senior living industry for 20 years.  She has held her Assisted Living Administrators License for the past 10 years.  Her professional background is in recruiting, sales and operations.  Her high level of commitment, honesty, sincerity, professionalism and dedication to her work are just a few of her strong traits.  Haigouhi’s leadership style lends itself to transparency, flexibility and the willingness to jump in anywhere she needed. Haigouhi enjoys spending time with her large Armenian family, her husband and two children. Her family time is filled with extracurricular sports and activities.

Roberta Merkle

Esq.

Saint Elizabeth Community
Secretary

Bio

Roberta B. Merkle, Esq. is the Executive Vice President of Strategic
Initiatives. Prior to joining Saint Elizabeth Community, Roberta served as
President/CEO of Cornerstone Adult Services, Inc. She guided the
organization’s growth for 25 years, taking Cornerstone from a one room adult
day services facility to a multi-centered organization with five locations in
Rhode Island. Roberta is a cofounder of a women’s shelter in Massachusetts
and a cofounder of the Rhode Island chapter of the national Alzheimer’s
Association. A graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in social work, she continued her education, earning a law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law. Roberta has devoted her entire professional career to care issues regarding frail elders and adults with disabilities and Alzheimer’s
disease. She is a past president of Rhode Island Adult Day Services Association, past Board Chair of CareLink, and a former member of the PACE board. Also Roberta served on the NADSA (National Adult Day Services Association) board from 2009-2012 and is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, and a member of the Warwick Rotary Club.

Garrett Sullivan

Executive Director

Saint Antoine Residence

Bio

My name is Garrett Sullivan and I am a proud Rhode Islander born and raised. I am a graduate of The University of RI, and attended Providence College for post graduate education. My experience in the Skilled Nursing Facility industry began 25 years ago where my first job was landscaping the grounds for a
family owned and operated facility in Cranston, RI. Throughout my career I have been given the opportunity to work in every department where I gained valuable hands on experience and a great appreciation for helping others in need. During the past thirteen years of my career I have held the position of Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for skilled nursing facilities, located in Rhode Island. Iam dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to the residents of those communities, and my goal is to further enhance the overall services we provide. I am excited to be a part of the Saint Antoine
Community Team and all the compassionate, hardworking, and caring people that make this facility one of the best RI has to offer. I look forward to my future here and continuing the effort of providing only the highest quality of care for our residents and a safe welcoming environment for all families, friends, and employees. During my personal time I enjoy spending it with my wife and 3 children, family, and friends. I’m also a diehard New England sports fan, and try to squeeze in as much golf and fishing as possible!

Diana Franchitto

President

Hope Health

Bio

Diana Franchitto, president and CEO of HopeHealth, has been astrong, leading voice in hospice, palliative and home care for more than a decade. Serving Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, HopeHealth is one of the largest non-profit hospice, palliative care and home care organizations in New England. The HopeHealth family of services includes HopeHealth Hospice, Palliative Care, HopeHealth Visiting Nurse, HopeHealth Dementia and Alzheimer’s Services, HopeHealth PediPal and the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center. At HopeHealth, Ms. Franchitto facilitated an academic affiliation to become the major teaching affiliate for hospice and palliative
medicine of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. In addition, Ms. Franchitto established palliative care partnerships with hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and payers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Franchitto held a variety of senior leadership positions at Caritas Christi Health Care (the predecessor organization to Steward Health Care), then the second largest healthcare system in Massachusetts, where she was responsible for marketing, communications, public affairs and network development. Ms. Franchitto has an MBA and a bachelor of science in business administration from Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts. She serves on the board of directors of the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (vice chair),

Mary Beth Daigneault

Administrator

St. Clare Newport

Bio

Mary Beth has been caring for the elders of St. Clare-Newport since 1995. Her background includes social work, admissions, marketing, quality assurance and nursing home administration. She oversees the day-to-day operations of St. Clare-Newport and assists elders with their transitions from independent living to their new long term care environment, while providing one-to-one counseling for elders and their families.Mary Beth is licensed in
Nursing Home Administration and Assisted Living Residence Administration.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Counseling, and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration from Salve Regina University.  In 2011 she received the Providence Business News’ “Women in Business” award, and in both 2013 and 2014 the American College of Health Care Administrator’s “Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.”  Mary Beth also serves as the CareLink Board Chair and as an Advisory Board member for the Salve Regina University
School of Nursing. Mary Beth has been caring for the elders of St. Clare-Newport since 1995. Her background includes social work, admissions, marketing, quality assurance and nursing home
administration. She oversees the day-to-day operations of St. Clare-Newport and assists elders with their transitions from independent living to their new long term care environment, while providing one-to-one counseling for elders and their families. Mary Beth is licensed in Nursing Home Administration and Assisted Living Residence Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Counseling, and Family Studies from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters of Science in Healthcare Administration from Salve Regina University.  In 2011 she received the ProvidenceBusiness News’ “Women in Business” award, and in both 2013 and 2014 the American
College of Health Care Administrator’s “Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.”  Mary Beth also serves as the CareLink Board Chair and as an Advisory Board member for the Salve Regina University School of Nursing.

Hon. Maureen Maigret

Trustee at Large Class 1

Bio

A native Rhode Islander, Maureen Maigret began her professional career as a Registered Nurse and worked for twenty years in a variety of clinical settings in Rhode Island. In 1975 she was elected to the Rhode Island House of Representatives effectively combining her healthcare background with her work in public policy. A trailblazer for women entering politics, she was the first woman appointed to the position of Deputy Speaker of the House. Serving for ten years in the House she successfully sponsored numerous laws to improve health and human services, to foster women’s equality and to
make government more transparent. She has served as an Executive Assistant to a former Speaker of the House and Chief of Staff in the Office of Lieutenant Governor. From 1991 to 1994 she served as Director of the State Department of Elderly Affairs and from 1999 through 2006 she served as Policy Director for Lt. Gov. Charles Fogarty working on a number of health care, long term care and government reform initiatives. She has received numerous awards from organizations for her leadership in women’s rights,
children’s services, healthcare and long term care policy and advocacy. She has provided consultant services on aging and long term care services for a number of entities including AARP RI, Age Friendly RI, the RI Assisted Living Association, the Senior Agenda Coalition of RI and the RI Alliance for Better Long Term Care. Maureen has presented at state and national conferences on issues relating to women in politics, aging and health and long term care. She has authored data reports on the Rhode Island Older Population and on older women in Rhode Island. She has served as Vice Chair of the state Long Term Care Coordinating Council and currently chairs it Aging in Community
Subcommittee. She received her RN Diploma from the Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Rhode Island. Maureen serves as a Trustee of the Nursing Foundation of Rhode Island. She is married and has grown sons and two adored grandchildren.

Finance Committee

Chris Gadbois
CEO | CareLink

Kwame Owusu

Controller | CareLink

Maureen Bischoff

COO | Hope Health

Caroline Rumowicz

Director | Saint Elizabeth Home Care

Tammy Summiel
Executive Director | The Villa at St. Antoine

Rob Leach
Vice President | HarborOne Bank

Glen Martin
Principal/Managing Director | F.L. Putnam Investment Management Company

Donna Standley
Senior Accountant | CareLink